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Summary: In this message we will look at God’s design for marriage. Only if we follow His design will we have harmony. (Ephesians 8)

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"THE WALK OF HARMONY PT 2"

HARMONY IN THE HOME

TEXT" EPHESIANS 5:21

INTRODUCTION

GOD CALLS US TO WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD....

TO WALK IN A WAY (TO LIVE OUR LIVES IN A WAY THAT BRINGS HIM GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE). IN OUR DISCUSSION THUS FAR OF THE 2ND HALF OF EPHESIANS WE HAVE DISCUSSED HOW:

WE ARE TO WALK IN UNITY

IN PURITY

AND IN HARMONY

LAST WEEK WE TALKED ABOUT HARMONY IN THE CHURCH, ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TO DO WHEN CHRISTIANS DISAGREE AND WHEN THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN CHRISTIANS.

ARE YOU WALKING IN HARMONY IN THIS CHURCH....?

ARE YOU WALKING IN HARMONY WITH YOUR BROS AND SISTERS HERE...?

ARE YOU A SOURCE OF HARMONY IN THIS PLACE...?

ARE YOU PART OF THE ANSWER TO JESUS’ PRAYER OF UNITY?

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION OF THE WALK OF HARMONY

Ever since Dan Qualye’s famous statement about Murphy Brown, Everyone is talking about it; the President, Congressman, Senators, Donahue, Ophrah, News programs... everywhere you turn it seems like someone is talking about the crisis in the American Family.

Is there a lack of harmony in the HOME? ARE THINGS NOT RUNNING SMOOTH OR WORKING THE WAY THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO..

Well I think the statistics speak for themselves:

1. The divorce rate is at 50%

2. The United states Center for disease control reports that 43 million of our citizens... 1 in 5 are infected with an incurable sexually transmitted virus.

3. And over 3 million more will contract a S.T.D. this year.

4. Over a million teenage girls will become pregnant this year..

30,000 of that million will be under 14 years of age.

Since the popular push for contraceptives for teens sexual activity for teens has increased by 400%.

5. Juvenile crime is now at epidemic proportions as are youth no longer have any concept of right and wrong.

6. Nearly 4 million children are abused in the home each year.

7. A survey in one town indicated that on average fathers spent only 37 seconds a day with their small children.

8. Not to mention the homes where the family just isn’t happy -- everyone is miserable and is just going through the motions of being a family -- they are living a facade.

WHY IS IT HAPPENING?" AND HOW CAN WE FIX IT?

WELL, THOUGH I AM NO ROCKET SCIENTIST, I DO KNOW WHY ARE FAMILIES ARE DYING (THOUGH THE MEDIA, PHIL, OPHRAH AND THEIR PALS, WILL LAUGH AT IT... I AM RIGHT AND THEY ARE WRONG!!-- AND OUR DISINTEGRATING FAMILY IS THE PROOF.)

THE ANSWER, IS REALLY NOT TOO DIFFICULT, UNLESS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR "SUPERIOR INTELLECT" OR "LOVE FOR SIN" -- CHOOSE TO REMAIN BLINDED BY THEIR IGNORANCE.

Now, I don’t want to overly simplify a very serious problem, BUT in reality the answer is really quite simple. Let me give an illustration from everyday life.

Now I know that this is something that most man have experienced. I know that I have. It’s called doing laundry. Though I do not do it now, I at one time used to try to wash my wife’s clothes. I figured I could do a better job and that I could do it cheaper, you know get more clothes cleaned for the same wash, you know save a little money on the water and electric bill.


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